Scott Marks 2:48 p.m., May 23
Register Staffers Didn't Want Manchester, Says L.A. Times
According to a story today (June 12) in the Los Angeles Times, some Orange County Register employees were happy that San Diego's "Papa Doug" Manchester, owner of the UT, did not buy the Register, as he had hinted he would. The Register staffers "said they were relieved that the paper did not go to Manchester, whom critics have accused of influencing the UT's news coverage to favor his political and business interests," wrote the Times.
One Register editor said, "Nobody wanted to go to Manchester." As soon as Manchester bought the paper and appointed John Lynch as chief executive, Lynch declared that the paper should be a cheerleader for local San Diego business and for a subsidized Chargers stadium. Any reporter covering the stadium issue should denounce opponents as obstructionists, declared Lynch. Such statements, combined with unpopular firings and use of the front page and other parts of the paper for propaganda purposes, led New York Times columnist Dave Carr to flay the new ownership in his column Monday.
Lynch denied the UT's coverage is slanted, said the Times. Lynch asserted that the pro-business, pro-military, pro-family coverage was confined to the editorial page. "We've taken a little bit of an unfair rap," declared Lynch.
Would any reader say the slant has been confined to the editorial page?